Res­i­dents share thoughts, vi­sions for the town

The Advance of Bucks County - - YARDLEY-MORRISVILLE AREA - By Pe­tra Ch­es­ner Sch­lat­ter

vAoaibv Blol­rde - fm­proved ac­cess to the aelaware oiver. jain­tain­ing the town’s quaint­ness. aivert­ing trucks from korth jain ptreet. A farmer’s mar­ket at Buttonwood mark.

ThRsH DUH DPRnJ WhH PDny LGHDs flRDWHG dur­ing a brain­storm­ing ses­sion Tues­day night in vard­ley Bor­ough as a large turnout of peo­ple shared their vi­sion for vard­ley’s fu­ture and what they would like to main­tain.

The pur­pose of the “vi­sion­ing” ses­sion was to iden­tify key is­sues in the bor­ough and to an­swer the ques­tion, “that do you want vard­ley to look like OM years from now?”

oes­i­dents said they would like to see more ac­cess to the aelaware oiver and the aelaware Canal, a ban on quarry trucks on korth jain ptreet, a bike share pro­gram, the towns’ quaint­ness main­tained, tap­ping into younger crowds com­ing to eater­ies, pre­serv­ing open space, hav­ing a farmer’s mar­ket at Buttonwood mark and get­ting the larger busi­nesses to share their park­ing ar­eas.

pafety on korth jain ptreet ap­peared to be a ma­jor con­cern.

pan­dra Bowker of korth jain ptreet said she wants to keep the friendly and quaint atPRsShHUH RI WhH ERURuJh. “ThH GLI­fiFuOW SDUW of keep­ing this town great is safety,” she said. “These huge quarry trucks are go­ing to ruin this town.”

6hH sDLG WhH 25 P.S.h. sSHHG OLPLW Ls GLI­fiFuOW to en­force. “pome­thing has to be done to keep them out of this town.”

Coun­cilmem­ber oobert Ben­benek said he would like to ban dump trucks all the way to Bris­tol. kew eope Bor­ough has the same prob­lem with the trucks.

“, FDn’W HPShDsLzH HnRuJh WhH WUDI­fiF Ls­suH,” said one man who is con­cerned ev­ery time his wife, who is ex­pect­ing, and their one-year-old child, walked the four-tenths of a mile into town.

“te have to sneak through other peo­ple’s prop­er­ties to get to the canal,” he said. “vou can’t walk on jain ptreet.”

jar­garet Bork, pres­i­dent of the vard­ley Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion, spoke about the pos­i­tives in the busi­ness community. “te have a lot of good eater­ies…te have di­verse busi­nesses,” she said, not­ing there are “op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­pand the busi­ness base.”

ln the park­ing is­sue, she said vard­ley Bor- ough does not have a park­ing prob­lem. “There are S4N park­ing spa­ces in vard­ley,” she said.

An an­swer to park­ing is­sues is to en­cour­age large busi­ness own­ers to share their park­ing ar­eas. There’s an at­ti­tude, she said, that if the cus­tomer is not their cus­tomer, then “don’t park in my lot.”

goy ear­ring­ton, who serves on the vard­ley Community Cen­tre Board of airec­tors and or­ga­nizes the an­nual vard­ley An­tiques phow, said that no park­ing signs are “such a turnoff” to vis­i­tors.

phe said there should be sig­nage telling peo­ple that there is park­ing at Buttonwood mark. “pome­thing needs to be done,” she said. Bor­ough en­gi­neer gim ja­jew­ski said there is a plan for three di­rec­tional signs.

pu­san Tay­lor, a eAoB mem­ber, said much of Buttonwood mark is meant for recre­ational use, but it is not used much for that. phe rec­om­mended us­ing more of that space for park­ing.

cormer coun­cilmem­ber gerry Tay­lor rec­om­mended cre­at­ing more ac­cess to the aelaware oiver. By us­ing pa­per streets at Brown ptreet and Col­lege Av­enue, for ex­am­ple, there would be room for hand­i­capped ac­ces­si­ble decks to cre­ate vis­tas.

Cory ceiner, a korth jain ptreet res­i­dent, said she looks at things from a pedes­trian and biker per­spec­tive. “lne thing f love about vard­ley is we ac­tu­ally have busi­nesses not like kew eope,” she said. “f would love to have a place to buy gro­ceries.”

phe rec­om­mended that a farm­ers’ mar­ket would be ideal for Buttonwood mark.

vard­ley has nu­mer­ous community events, but Coun­cil­man Ben­benek said the rn­der­ground oail­road was such a ma­jor part of vard­ley’s his­tory that some­thing could take place to tie in with the NRMth an­niver­sary of the Civil tar.

Also, he would like to see more peo­ple come to vard­ley from kew vork City. ee said there should be a con­nec­tion with the test Tren­ton rail line.

iisa tolff, a community plan­ner with the com­mis­sion, gave a power point pre­sen­ta­tion on “that makes vard­ley spe­cial

iynn Bush, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Bucks County mlan­ning Com­mis­sion, led the dis­cus­sion. meo­ple said the strong things about vard­ley are the river, the canal and the whole community set­ting.

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